BGU graduates are serving in public and pastoral roles in Wuhan, Milan, Paris and other cities that have early experiences with the coronavirus. Some members of the BGU family have already been serving as SHALOM leaders in this COVID-19 pandemic for over two months. Yet now, almost all the BGU global family are directly affected.
There are many of us who are scared, yet called to be brave. There are many of us confused, but called to provide direction. There are many of us who hurt, but called to be healers and comforters. We seek to rely upon the supernatural wisdom that God provides as we lead our businesses, schools, congregations, neighborhoods and cities to prepare well. Our hearts are overcome with pain as we serve with the vulnerable who face this without adequate financial, community, or health margins. We draw from God-given faith to display hope and peace that goes beyond understanding.
While other schools are closing campuses and scrambling to understand the new challenges of building online communities, BGU is uniquely prepared for this challenge. We are now coaching others on what we’ve learned over the last two decades. With a new urgency, BGU graduates are being asked to lead in their local schools to practice what they experienced at BGU. BGU classes will continue as before, yet the onsite portion of the Nairobi City Immersion planned for May 1-10 is delayed. While we wait to see the extent and duration of this pandemic, current students will be coached in innovative ways they can experience city immersions and shalom leadership in their own cities. For many, this is a time where their education programs have immediate and urgent application in their lives. It is a time for intense action and reflection in the courses BGU provides. For others, it is a time to focus on family and ministry urgencies and their education will have to be set aside for a time.
More than ever before this is a time we can be a community together, sharing honestly and praying consistently. BGU staff, faculty, and active graduates in your region are ready to be listeners, mourners, expert resources, and encouragers. We need others in our global community. We invite you to join the WhatsApp and Facebook links below to share requests and encourage each other in prayer and community.
To our current active students in our five academic programs at BGU, please don’t hesitate to reach out to your program director or BGU staff members for spiritual and practical support with your academic journey. While we are uniquely positioned to thrive during these unusual global circumstances with our innovative online learning delivery model, we want to make sure that all students are cared for during this season. We’re here for you. Dr. Nita Kotiuga, BGU’s Director of Spiritual Formation, is available to connect with students for prayer and other spiritual supports. Her email is firstname.lastname@example.org. As a reminder, BGU offers a free 30 day extension to students who may need it. Please keep that in mind if you are a student in January Module courses who may need some extra time to complete your work in light of the current circumstances.
God is powerful beyond what we know and loving beyond what we can imagine. This is an unprecedented time of global crisis. It is an unprecedented time for all of us to seek God in new ways.
BGU Family Prayer WhatsApp link: https://chat.whatsapp.com/
BGU Prayer Community on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/
On behalf of the global BGU Family:
Brad Smith, President & Bryan McCabe, Academic Dean